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July 26, 2010
How can I apply this lesson to the craft of writing? A writer has no tool equivalent to the loom. We have laptops or pens and paper, but these are not specific to the task.

The writer's loom is his mind. I need to continually maintain it and practice correct use.

But people use their minds for a multitude of mundane tasks, and only rarely weave good poetry or prose. This is the problem: I'm accustomed to using my mind in a particular way, and it takes a supreme act of concentration to turn it to a different, specialized practice.